Book Reviews

Bankers' Hours by Wade Kelly at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Blue-Collar Workers / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 25-March-2016

Book Blurb

Even though bankers' hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.

Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.

Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex–naval officer turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his carefully orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.

Book Review

The description for 'Bankers’ Hours' drew me right in, and being familiar with Wade Kelly I knew it would be a sweet romance. However, the author really outdid herself here. This is far more than a story about a slightly quirky young man and his first relationship. There is definitely sweetness here, and Grant broke my heart more times than I imagined, while Tristan was everything I hoped for Grant's sake. There's humor and love, and there's a reality and a depth to these characters and writing that wrapped around my heart and had me falling in love.

Grant has more than a little touch of OCD, he most definitely has seriously low self-esteem, combined with the most horrible body image I think I've ever seen, and enough insecurities to choke a horse. That's why his best friend, Mel, accuses him of always noticing the losers and being completely oblivious to the hot guys flirting with him. Which is what happens when he meets Tristan. Grant has no clue he is flirting, and he assumes Tristan is straight, which leads to the oddest and most adorable first-date-that-wasn't-a-date. Tristan has put his dating, and relationship life, on hold since his daughter Claire was born fifteen years ago. He went through the normal all-you-can-screw-buffet after discharging from the Navy, but he hasn't had sex in two years, choosing to wait until he finds someone he can take a chance on for a long-term, committed relationship.

"He whispered, “You are a delicacy, Grant, and I will work my way up to tasting every part of you… at your speed… when you allow.”

Sigh. Here's the part that I'm not sure I should share, since there's no indication in the blurb, and it's a spoiler, but it's also a HUGE part of the storyline. If you don't want to know, then don't read any further. Tristan and Grant get married about four weeks after they met. It almost sounded insane to me also, and I'll leave out the reasoning behind it, so you don't get all the spoilers. But, the reasons don’t matter. What does matter is how they make it work, the issues they have, the learning and growing both men do in order to have the forever person they each had always wanted.

"True, we weren’t broken up, it was only an argument, but the reasons for it went deeper than the superficial reason, and I knew I needed to change or the separation and loneliness could become permanent."

There was so much about this novel that I loved. Tristan and Grant reminded me of another couple I know, and many of their interactions brought tears to my eyes. There was also humor, some drama from a crazy woman, sweetness, hotness, life lessons, and so much love I was swimming in it. A beautiful love story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 290 pages/110472 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-March-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $24.95 audiobook
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